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Department Of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at NIPER, Hajipur was established in 2018. The department is research-oriented and offering training to postgraduate and PhD students to fulfil the national and international demand of trained pharmacologist. Since its inception, the department aspires to become a recognized Centre for the pharmacological and toxicological screening of products from various sources. The recent development is in the same line by the addition of a state of art laboratory with various instruments to perform basic to advance research. The department has good coordination with other research institutes namely Mahavir Cancer Institute and Research Centre, Patna, Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna (previous mentor institute) and Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow for various projects and study-related activities.


MS. Pharm (Pharmacology and Toxicology)

The duration of the postgraduate course is of 2 years spread over of 4 semesters, out of which the last two semesters are exclusively dedicated for the research project. The course curriculum is designed to cover the areas of the fundamental and regulatory aspect of safety, and efficacy of pharmaceutical products from herbal and synthetic sources.
Subjects in first semester: Pathophysiology, General and Experimental Pharmacology, Chemotherapy of Parasitic and Microbial Infections, Separation Techniques, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics, Biotechnology in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biostatistics and Fundamentals of Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology Management.
Subjects in Second semester: Drug Metabolism, Pharmacological Screening and Assays, CNS and Respiratory Pharmacology, Autonomic, CVS, Blood, Renal and GI Pharmacology, Autacoid and Endocrine Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacology, Regulatory Toxicology, Chemotherapy, Immunopharmacology.
Project work in third and fourth semester: Though the research training starts from the first semester onwards, the real research experience is imparted to students by the experienced faculty of NIPER, Hajipur and nearby reputed scientists of other national institutes in the second year. Students are given the freedom to select the research area while the emphasis is given to work in the area of expertise of the faculty.

The broad area of research includes:

  • Pharmacological screening of products from herbal and synthetic sources
  • Toxicological studies of drugs and nanoformulations from herbal and synthetic sources
  • Pharmacokinetic study of drugs and formulation
  • Neuropharmacology and neurotoxicology
  • Anticancer studies
  • Radioprotection and chemoprotection
  • Immunopharmacology
  • Endothelial dysfunction

Our passing out students can seek career as follows:

  • Higher studies (PhD and Post-doc fellowships)
  • Preclinical and clinical pharmacologist in industry and research organizations
  • Pharmacovigilance, data analysis, regulatory toxicology, Scientific/medical writing, Market forecasting,
  • Various jobs in Clinical trial organizations
  • Academia